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From Flores: Tikal Guided Tour with Transportation

1. From Flores: Tikal Guided Tour with Transportation

In our Tour Shared to the Tikal National Park you will have the opportunity to discover the heart of the Mayan world and thus explore palaces temples Mayan ball games inheritance of a great civilization as well as the abundant flora and fauna while our local guide shares information about this Great civilization We drive around 45 minutes until we reach the main entrance of the Tikal National Park where tickets will be purchased (they are not included) has a cost of Q. 150.00 per person We are driving for 20 more minutes and we arrive at the Visitors Center in this place we will find a map at the Tikal scale (model) Restaurant stores, Baños service our guide will give a 15 -minute free We go to the control of tickets and then start the Tour in the Tikal National Park Walking we will explore the most important points as the central square where we will find the Tikal icon the temple of the great Jaguar, temple II acropolis norte As well as we will discover the number IV temple or the two -phase snake, lost world these two buildings can also be visited. and be able to understand what the great Mayan civilization was. We will finish our tour at the Visitors Center, a free time will be given before boarding the bus to return to Flores. ☑️ Schedules: Flores Return of Tikal 4:30 am 12:30 pm 6:00 am 1:00 pm 8:00 am 3:00 pm 10:00 am 4:00 pm ▪️There are no changes to return times You have to return at the assigned time

From Flores: Tikal Ruins Guided Day Trip

2. From Flores: Tikal Ruins Guided Day Trip

Tour the Tikal Mayan Ruins on a day trip from Flores. Enjoy a stunning sunrise before driving through the wild jungle and hiking through the breathtaking ruins with a local guide. Meet your driver at the meeting point by the entrance to Flores island. Drive out from the city towards the archaeoligical site and watch the sky burst into crimson color with the sunrise. Enter the jungle as you continue your adventure and be introduced to your guide at the start of the winding forest trails. Start hiking and admire the scenery as you trek, discovering the temples, pyramids, ruins, and palaces of the Mayans. Listen to the chirping birds and spot monkeys swinging through the trees. Learn about the history of Mayan culture and how these wonders of archaeology were built and used.

Tikal Day Tour From Flores With Lunch

3. Tikal Day Tour From Flores With Lunch

Discover the impressive splendor of Tikal, which means Place of Voices. The park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, spans an area of 576 square kilometers. During this 8-hour tour you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the jungle and admire the many species of local flora and fauna. In addition to the main temples and plazas, there are several other sites not to miss. See the Major Plaza surrounded by impressive buildings such as Temples I and II, or the North and Central Acropolis. See the altars that played a role in the dynamic history of Tikal’s Mayan civilization. At the end of the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch.

From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

4. From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch

Start with pickup from San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, and take a 15-minute drive to Guatemalan border. Be assisted at the border by your guide, and continue on the 2-hour long journey to Tikal. Discover the ancient Mayan site of Tikal which is considered to be one of the most spiritual locations on earth. Once at the national park, see the abundance of wildlife surrounding the temples. Discover how the Mayan civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a vast complex of religious, social and political power.  Enjoy a guided tour of the main sights of the complex, which is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. See several of the main temples including the tallest structure which measures 212 feet.  After visiting the main parts of Tikal, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive back to San Ignacio you can stop at the local gift shops, with arrival back in San Ignacio at approximately 4:30 PM.

Tikal Sunrise from Flores /More Archaeological Tour

5. Tikal Sunrise from Flores /More Archaeological Tour

In our Shared Dawn Tour in Tikal you will enjoy an unforgettable experience and discover the heart of the Mayan world and thus explore temples, palaces, Mayan ball games, inheritance of a great civilization as well as the abundant flora and fauna that surrounds this site Archeological while our certified guide shares information about fauna, flora, history and archeology. . We start our activities at 3 AM to your hotel in Flores, Santa Elena or the auction . We drive 45 minutes old until we reach the main entrance of Tikal National Park . We displayed for 20 more minutes in the minibus already within the Tikal National Park reserve . We arrive at the control of tickets and after making the check we start our walk towards our main objective the IV temple, we climb it and patiently wait for the great show of El Dawn in Tikal, we will have time for the photographs and appreciate the jungle from the top of the top of Tikal . We continue with the archeological tour of Tikal which means place of voices, the park was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1,979 covers 576 km square we explore the most important points such as . The lost world that can also be scaled and have an angle of 360 degree visivility, a special place for photographs. . We will visit seven temples, .The main square of the Tikal National Park surrounded by impressive buildings where we will find the Tikal icon the temple I or the great jaguar, temple II or temple of the masks, northern acropolis, Mayan ball game as well as also A variety of steles and altars. . Complex Q and temple IV One of the best preserved, in our tour will give information about flora, fauna, history and archeology transporting us to the past and to understand what the great Mayan civilization was the great time calculators. . We finish our tour in the Visitors Center where we will find a map at the Tikal scale (scale model) bathroom service, craft stores and restaurants will give free time before boarding the bus that will return to Flores.

From Flores: Tikal Sunset Tour

6. From Flores: Tikal Sunset Tour

On our Tikal Sunset Tour we start 12:00pm ▪️We depart from Flores Petén Island at our meeting point ▪️We drive 50 minutes until we reach the main entrance of the Tikal National Park in this place you can buy tickets to the. Park ⭕ Entrance fees to Tikal National Park are not included and you have to buy two tickets: ☑️ A Foreign entry ticket has a cost of Q 150.00 ☑️ Another Foreign Sunset has a cost of Q 100.00 ☑️ You pay Q. 250.00 (Guatemalan money per person) ▪️You can also buy your tickets online at the following link https://boletos.culturaguate.com/ ▪️After having bought our tickets we drive for 20 minutes inside the Park reserve and arrive at the Visitor Center. ▪️At the Visitor Center our Guide will give time for the use of services (restrooms, buy a drink) and then we go to the Tikets checkpoint where we will put our Brasalete and start our Tour. ▪️Our Guide will lead you for the. The most important points of the Tikal National Park such as the Gran Plaza Templo I o great Jaguar The icon of Tikal, Temples II, Temple IV Palaces, Temples and Finish with incredible Sunset climbing the pyramid of the Lost World which has a 360 degree panoramic view ▪️After watching the sunset, we return to the Visitor Center to board our Transportation and return to Flores.

Shuttle From Belize City to Flores / Tourist Service

7. Shuttle From Belize City to Flores / Tourist Service

Shuttle From Belize City to Flores Guatemala 🔶 We board the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi in Belize City at 12:00 pm 🔶 Meeting Point at Atlanta Express (Located inside San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi Belize City) 🔶 We traveled for two and a half hours until we reached the border 🔶 Immigration Procedures and Mandatory Baggage Check 🔶 Payment of Departure Tax (USD 20.00 Per person) 🔶 We boarded again and in two more hours we arrived at our destination Flores Peten Guatemala 🔶 Information will be given on hotels and other points such as bus station and airport

Tikal Sunrise, Archeological focus and Wildlife Spotting

8. Tikal Sunrise, Archeological focus and Wildlife Spotting

The activity begins when we pick you up at your hotel. The walking tour begins at the trail gate of Tikal National Park. We'll use nature trails with a high chance of spotting some species of wildlife. Temple IV First thing, we will climb this temple with you to wait for sunrise from the top, enjoying the most wonderful view and the sounds of the waking up wildlife, then we will have breakfast up there. We developed the sunrise tour because our guests deserve to see Tikal first thing in the morning to appreciate wildlife when it is more active as well as at the end of the day. The main attraction of this tour is the awakening of the jungle with the sounds of birds and howler monkeys, the sunrise is seen only 20% of the time, as it is usually cloudy or foggy. The nickname of this temple is Temple of Star Wars as back in 1977 the movie director George Lucas came to Tikal to film part of the original Star Wars Movie, Episode IV "A New Hope" North Acropolis This complex was used as a Royal Cemetery for the kings and queens of Tikal, it's compared with an onion, because of the multiple layers of interesting architecture it revealed, in some of these layers we can see the masks of the rain god and the sun god. Great Plaza The Great Plaza is the place in Tikal with the largest amount of energy, it's also the most restaured complex of this mayan site, it has multiple stelae, some of them with carving showing the portrait of some kings of the city. This complex was excavated back in 1960's by the Museum of University of Pensinvania. Central Acropolis We'll explore this complex with you, it was built as the residential area of the royal family of Tikal, it has 6 courtyards, 3 of them have been restored, this complex was also probably the place to host to all the royal visitors that came to Tikal from other mesoamerican cities for diplomatic reasons. It has a palace with 5 floors and some of the lintels on the doors of this palace are still the original wooden lintels. Templo II We'll climb this temple with you and enjoy the best view of the Great Plaza, looking at the masks carved on top of this temple. The view from this temple is a great chance to take a picture of Temple I, North Acropolis and the Great Plaza. Temple I We will walk around the most iconic monument of Tikal taking pictures of it from different angles. The official name of this temple is Temple of the Great Jaguar because when the temple was discovered, it's original wooden lintel has a Great Jaguar carved on it, now, that beautiful carving in wood is in a famous museum. The walking tour ends at trail gate of Tikal National Park at 10:30 am and we offer you a hot meal. The activity ends when we drop you off at the location we picked you up, or it can be to a different location, but for this, you need to let us know in advance. This tour is ideal for passengers flying from Flores Airport (FRS) that afternoon on the flight: TAG 5U131 leaving to Guatemala City at 14:15

From Tikal to Belize/San Ignacio/Caye Caulker/San Pedro

9. From Tikal to Belize/San Ignacio/Caye Caulker/San Pedro

. We offer pick up at 6:00am at your Hotel In Tikal . We'll give you the form. Immigration to enter Belize . We drive to Ixlu (crossing of Tikal and Belize Border) where we will change to our shuttle bus sharing . Then we drive to the Guatemalan border with Belize . At the border we will get off the bus to do the immigration and customs procedures (they are Personal) all travelers must carry their luggage. . After finishing the Immigration and Customs formalities we board the bus again and drive to San Ignacio, our first destination (we will drop off and board travelers) . Then we drive to Belize City specifically to San Pedro Belize Express Walter Taxi will be the destination for travelers staying in Belize City. . For Travellers who booked to Caye Caulker Or San Pedro Amberguis our Driver will give you a voucher for the Ferry service connection. Which must be checked at the Atlanta Express Office where you will be given your boarding pass to board the Ferry (boat) With the San Pedro Belize Express Walter Taxi Company and get to your destination Caye Caulker or San Pedro Amberguis Note: immigration and customs procedures are personal, if any traveler has any inconvenience, the bus will wait a reasonable time, then continue its trip with the travelers who have already completed their procedure.

From Water Taxis Belize City to Tikal Guatemala

10. From Water Taxis Belize City to Tikal Guatemala

▪️The meeting point is at the San Pedro Belize Express Walter Taxi Terminal (Belize City) We recommend to be 15 minutes before the departure time, Specifically at the Atlanta Express Office where we will do our Ticket check. ▪️ Atlanta Express It is located inside the San Pedro Belize Express Walter Taxi Terminal in Belize City, if you are coming from San Pedro Island, Amberguis or Caye caulker it will be easy for you to locate it ▪️ We board the bus and drive to San Ignacio where we will make a stop (we board and drop off passengers) Then we drive to the Belizean Border with Guatemala where we will do our Immigration and Customs paperwork ▪️At the border we will have to carry our luggage ▪️ To leave Belize you have to pay USD 20.00 or BZE 40.00 (cash) At the Guatemalan border you don't pay. ▪️When we finished the immigration procedures, we boarded the bus again and drove to Ixlu (crossing for Tikal). ▪️ In Ixlu we will change our transport unit which will take us to our destination, the Tikal National Park ▪️ It is important that you have to have your admission tickets to the Tikal National Park (they are not included in this service). Since the park rangers ask for it when entering the Main Entrance. ▪️We drop you off at your hotel Hotel Jungle Lodge Hotel Jaguar Inn Hotel Tikal Inn Camping de Tikal ▪️In this link you can buy tickets to Tikal National Park https://boletos.culturaguate.com/

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Overall rating

4.7
(73 reviews)

One of the best ruins we have ever seen. Lots of structures that you can ascend and see what the ancient people were seeing. Wildlife like toucans and spider and holler monkeys in the wild. Lots of walking. Make sure you have comfortable shoes. Long day but worth it. Slept well that night. Views were amazing. Learned a lot. Better than Chitzen Itza because it was less crowded and did not have the vendors all over. Lunch was good. Drivers were good. Border crossing was an experience. Added to the adventure. Only negative was that our guide was pretty dry. We both thought that it was the best day trip of the three we did on the jungle side of Belize.

An amazing trip! We joined the Spanish speaking group and our guide Tomás was outstanding; his knowledge of the Mayan culture was great, but the fact he was a conservationist and spoke so well of the flora & fauna was a bonus. We saw so much of the park and the sites, which were awe-inspiring. The sunset tour was ideal: the temperatures for the walk were more bearable and the view of the sunset from atop the pyramid were second to none. Probably the best value activity on our whole Guatemala trip. Highly highly recommend.

Our guide at Tikal, Louis, was absolutely amazing. I’ve visited ruins all over the world and experienced many different types of guides, Louis was incredibly knowledgeable as well as adaptable. Felt very fluid. It didn’t feel like he had a list he needed to get through, instead he addressed any and all questions and interests. The drivers were great as well. We could have used a little extra room in the van (just one more seat or one less person would have made a big difference). Overall, incredible tour.

The sunrise tour was spectacular. Walking along the trails in the pre-dawn hours listening to the Howler Monkeys was unique. Marlon gave clear and meaningful descriptions of ruins and the associated history. He was also able to point out the wildlife along the way.

I liked the order and transportation. The guide was quite friendly and attentive. I would add a meal, and with that it would be the perfect tour